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First, via jaiwithani, this amusing bit of news.

AKRON, Ohio - If an Ohio lawmaker's proposal becomes state law, Republicans would be barred from being adoptive parents.

State Sen. Robert Hagan sent out e-mails to fellow lawmakers late Wednesday night, stating that he intends to "introduce legislation in the near future that would ban households with one or more Republican voters from adopting children or acting as foster parents." The e-mail ended with a request for co-sponsorship.

On Thursday, the Youngstown Democrat said he had not yet found a co-sponsor.

Hagan said his "tongue was planted firmly in cheek" when he drafted the proposed legislation. However, Hagan said that the point he is trying to make is nonetheless very serious.

Hagan said his legislation was written in response to a bill introduced in the Ohio House this month by state Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, that is aimed at prohibiting gay adoption.

"We need to see what we are doing," said Hagan, who called Hood's proposed bill blatantly discriminatory and extremely divisive. Hagan called Hood and the eight other conservative House Republicans who backed the anti-gay adoption bill "homophobic."

Hood's bill, which does not have support of House leadership, seeks to ban children from being placed for adoption or foster care in homes where the prospective parent or a roommate is homosexual, bisexual or transgender.

To further lampoon Hood's bill, Hagan wrote in his mock proposal that "credible research" shows that adopted children raised in Republican households are more at risk for developing "emotional problems, social stigmas, inflated egos, and alarming lack of tolerance for others they deem different than themselves and an air of overconfidence to mask their insecurities."

However, Hagan admitted that he has no scientific evidence to support the above claims.

Just as "Hood had no scientific evidence" to back his assertion that having gay parents was detrimental to children, Hagan said.

"It flies in the face of reason when we need to reform our education system, address health care and environmental issues that we put energy and wasted time (into) legislation (Hood's) like this," continued Hagan, who has been in the Ohio Senate nine years. Before the Senate, he served 19 years in the Ohio House.

[ original | http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/nation/13945272.htm ]

Google appears to be climbing a bit... and most of the news/panic over dropping prices seem to have gone away. There's more positiveness in media over Google's anti-government request-for-information although most of those echoes have quieted down, and all of the anti-Google&China stuff has gone away.

Don't think I'm going to buy, yet. Still counting me gold pieces after the rather spontaneous donation to Diane Duane...
More 'bout the donation; We, the readers/fans have apparently managed to clear the $1000 challenge (eh, sorta like a tit-for-tat donation system~ sponsor said he'll match up to $1000~ and as of right now, there's been a total of $1087.50 donated~. Within 36 hours of the announcement. W00t. I feel fuzzy inside. =^^=

Grah, and I'm way too careless when it comes to exams. Need to... quadruple-check my work. I think Iost at least 10, if not 15 points due to carelessness.

And I half-heartedly did my math exam today. Being that it was at 9AM, and my previous exam ended at 9 PM, the 12 hours between exams just wasn't enough to really study much. As a result, some answers were guessed. =.=

Now to study for ECE329.

Oh, and I got stopped by a police officer today while on my bike. Apparently it is a bad thing to cross the street while the "don't walk" sign is _blinking_.

WTF? It was just a warning, but seriously. I looked all four ways before going, no one was turning... Hell, there wasn't any moving cars at the intersection when I crossed. Safely is good and all, but if I was to sit at every stop light and wait for a walk signal, I'd double my travel time.

Hmm ...Need to observe other pedestrians.

Oh, right. I think this would be awesome to keep around. Either it shows how much you use your computer, or how skilled you are. :D

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ibneko From: ibneko Date: February 25th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh, of course. Just like all the other things on ThinkGeek that I wouldn't mind having......

feh, I'm pretty sure the typing ability enhancement claims are a joke unless you didn't know how to type to begin with. Maybe even the whole thing... and it's on the expensive side...
fbartho From: fbartho Date: February 25th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Those two are keyboards I find more interesting than the daskeyboard... the daskeyboard I could create with a 5 dollar keyboard and a can of spray paint...

In fact, I do one better than that, I type on the dvorak keyboard layout, so if I actually look at the keys, they have the wrong layout so they really don't help you...

Plus its supposed to be better for your hands...
shanrina From: shanrina Date: February 25th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
IIRC, it's fine to _keep_ crossing the street when the red hand is blinking, but not to _start_ crossing if you're on the sidewalk.
ibneko From: ibneko Date: February 25th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, ok. Mmm, always assumed the blinking red hand ≈ yellow light, which I tend to interpret as "slow down, unless you're practically there and going too fast to stop anyhow". Which I was going too fast to stop, although.. it had been blinking for some time. Still... on a bike... Meh, whatever. :: still annoyed anyhow, but at least he's slightly more informed~ thank you ::
marbenais From: marbenais Date: February 25th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Blinking and yellow lights mean don't cross the intersection, whether you're on foot or driving or on a bike.  You never know when someone is going to jump the green light or run the red light.
jaiwithani From: jaiwithani Date: February 25th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Das Keyboard - $80
New keyboard and some black paint - considerably less
fbartho From: fbartho Date: February 25th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
About the walking thing, you should come to Ann Arbor, MI, here, cars stop for people and people stop for busses (and sometimes big trucks) but yeah its not jaywalking if you get hit... then you can sue the car driver... :P I the only time I stop my stride when I'm coming to a road crossing is when a bus or a car full of drunks looks like it will be coming to the intersection... otherwise I keep walking... I keep my head at gauging cars reactions, so that I have time to jump if absolutely neccessary (no need in being stupid) but I don't let crossing a road make me late for class.
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